Pineapple, Michigan Grown!

One of the fun gardening projects you can do this time of the year is start your own pineapple plant. Even though most pineapples we eat are grown in Hawaii, you can actually grow a real pineapple in Michigan…for free!

Here’s how I do it.

First, you need a fresh pineapple from the produce department.  Look for the freshest looking one you can find. Of course you would probably do that anyway if you were shopping for produce.

Cut the top off normally and eat the pineapple…

Now, here’s the part that is different: instead of throwing away the top, use it to start your own pineapple plant.

You need to prepare the top before planting by trimming away any remaining pineapple fruit, so that you end up with a top that looks like this:

Then, pull off the lower leaves until you see some small bumps on the stalk, these will be the spot from which the new roots will grow. It will look something like this:

Then just place the prepared top into a pot of planting mix deep enough to cover those bumps and water it in. Place your plant where it can get some sun and water it when the soil gets somewhat dry. Fertilize it with a houseplant fertilizer as directed on the package and you should be all set.

The plant shown in this photo (on the right) has been growing for several weeks. Look at all those nice new leaves.

Here is that same plant several months later.

My pineapple has been growing in the same six inch pot for all that time. I would recommend that you move your plant into a larger pot as it grows.

This plant is a little over two feet tall… and has a real pineapple at the top!

As it starts to turn a little yellow,  I will harvest it to eat and then start a new pineapple all over again!

Aloha,

Bob

23 thoughts on “Pineapple, Michigan Grown!”

  1. That is so cool. Will it work in regular home conditons? Can I plant one outside now that it’s getting warm?
    Great pictures!! Thanks for all your valuable information

  2. Hi,

    2 questions.

    1) do you plant your pineapples outside in the summer and bring them in in the winter?

    2) Check this out:

    One of my pineapple plants was attacked by a squirrel (the squirrel chewed out a portion of the plant base), and I brought him inside to revive him.

    After three weeks in a jar of water, the pineapple plant again has roots that grew from the bottom of the leaves. I want to repot him in soil, but the part that the squirrel attacked has rotted, and I’m hesitant to cut this off and attempt drying for a day because of the budding root system.

    What do you think about this situation in caring for my plant?

    sincerely, Hex

  3. Hi Hex,
    I don’t plant my pineapples outside in the summer, I just leave them in the greenhouse. However, in most cases, it is a good idea to move the pineapple, in its pot, outside for the summer.
    In the case of a damaged area on the plant as you describe, I would remove the decaying area and pot up the plant. Since there are roots forming on the undamaged part, the pineapple should recover and compensate for the injury by growing more roots later on.
    Good luck to you,
    Bob

  4. How very crafty!

    I can’t wait until spring to try this! Really, I can’t. I’m going to try it as soon as I can get a pineapple and build a little tent around it. I do not know if it will work in this season, but at least I will have some yummy pineapple.

  5. Wow, I have purchased the blueberries, strawberry and the tomato plants they sell on tv, which got to wondering if you can grow your own pineapples inside your house. It sounds like you can, I will being trying this. Thanks for the great advice. What size pot do you recommend? How long do they normally take to grow.
    bJones

  6. bJones, I have grown pineapples in 6″ pots. My suggestion is for you to use a slightly larger pot: 8-10 inches. They get a little “pot bound” in those smaller pots.
    It takes about a year to produce a pineapple. In the meantime, you have a nice house plant.
    Best of luck to you on your new project.
    Bob

  7. Hi Rose, If it is a newly planted pineapple, you can expect a few of the leaves to die off until it gets its’ roots established. On an older plant, dying leaves indicates a potential problem. There could be a lack of adequate water or sunlight. It is possible that the plant may be water-logged if the pot is sitting in a saucer and the saucer is never emptied of water. Check to make sure the plant is watered regularly but is not allowed to constantly sit in water.
    I hope this helps, good luck.
    Bob

  8. Hi Rose, You should grow your pineapple in as bright as light as possible if growing inside. You may want to think about moving your plant outside for the summer. Be careful when putting it outside though, it needs to slowly get used to direct sunlight. Placing it in an area with dappled shade would be a good idea until the plant gets used to being outside. Keep an eye on the soil moisture level and don’t let water sit in the pot saucer, the soil needs to be able to drain water away.
    Best of luck to you.
    Bob

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  10. Steven,The pineapple will live and produce another smaller pineapple. Plus some off-shoots that you can re-plant to grow into new pineapple plants. Good luck to you. Bob

  11. Hey bob

    we are In the up and have a greenhouse. Question

    1. If I start this now will the pineapple fruit by the end of this years growing season?
    2. Will I need to move these plants indoors for winter? (Our gh has a compost pile to provide heat as we grow spinach and leafy greens in the winter)
    3. We grow all organic. I make my own ewc tea. Is there any chance of fertilizing with just thst?

    Thanks!

  12. Hi Lindsey, Sorry for the late reply. Your pineapple will need more time than just one season to produce fruit. However, the little extra daylight time you have in the summer will push the plant along more quickly. You will have to move the plant inside during the winter. Keep in mind that it is a tropical plant and needs more heat than spinach and other greens. Your organic tea fertilizer should work just fine. Please let us know how your pineapple turns out. Bob

  13. Bob I bought a pineapple plant about six months ago and the top pineapple got to heavy so I cut it off and planted it but the old plant has never done well, its very wilty and sad looking without actually dying there has been no new growth the whole time whats wrong, should I just move it outside into my veggie garden for the summer and hope it gets better outside?

  14. Hi Sam, Your idea of moving the plant out to the garden is an excellent one. It will give the plant a chance to grow and gain strength over the season. Be sure to gradually acclimate the plant to full sun so it doesn’t get sunburned. I usually cover them with a sheer cloth for a week or so.
    Best of luck to you.
    Bob

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